I am glad that despite all the “developments” happening around us, a place like this still remains. A pocket of beauty in a world that slowly turns into a sea of concrete and steel.
Safely hidden in a forest most people didn’t know exist, is a world that is so different you wouldn’t believe you are still in the city. When I see places like this, unmarred by industrial development, I can see hope. Perhaps, we may still be able to preserve something for our future generation. Perhaps our children will still experience nature as it actually is instead of the commercially developed “adventures” nature parks offer.
I tried to put into writing the feeling of being there and experiencing all of it. I’m afraid words fail me. Perhaps you would like to visit the place instead and experience it for yourself.
There are a lot of places I want to go to. I just can’t get enough vacation leaves to go. I have been to many places which amazes me when I look back and think of it.
This year I plan to go to Albay and see the famous Mt. Mayon. Then, I will visit Camiguin and the sunken cemetery. After that, Cagayan and Bukidnon. Then, it’s time again to plan for my birthday trip. I wonder where will I go again next year. My plan is to travel with my brother. But where?
I wish I have more than 15days of vacation leaves. I wish money is not an issue and I can just go whenever I want without worrying about the cost. Well, reality is I only get 15 days a year for vacations and I need to save up so I can travel. That is why I envy travel bloggers. Imagine going to those awesome places and be paid to do it? Awesome!
Well, probably someday. For now I have to be content with what life has to offer me. I may not have disposable cash I can just throw around but I am still living a happy life. I don’t have everything I want but I am blessed to have everything I need. I guess this is more than enough.
I’m not a city girl and will probably never be one. This is something I have always known. The city and I coexist to benefit each other but ours is a relationship that will never get past the friendzone. Just friends with benefits, so they say.
I am not a mountaineer though I wish I have the stamina and strength to be one. I grew up with asthma and so my physical activities has always been limited. The mountain represents a lot of things for me. It stands for the many things I wish I could do; run marathons, climb the highest mountains, etc. It represents the challenge that I must face in my life.
When you get to the top and you look back to the trail behind you, you feel a sudden rush. All the difficult trails and the pain of climbing up and down the slopes disappear when you get there. The sense of accomplishment is something that no amount of money could buy. The feeling that you accomplished something by force of will, it is empowering.
I am cursed to live in a city and slave behind a computer. When I look out the window every day I see the mountains beckoning to me, calling me to explore. Every day the mountain calls for me and everyday I pretend not to hear its call. But some days, some days I just can’t ignore it and this happens…
Don’t ever think for a second that your existence is a result of some bizarre cosmic accident. Don’t ever think that you are a waste of space. Don’t think that you don’t matter because no matter who you are, there is at least one person out there who believes that you are special.
You don’t need the whole world to validate your existence. You exist and the world will just have to deal with it regardless if it wants to or not. You don’t need a billion people to be happy. As long as there is one person who loves you unconditionally and believes in you, that is enough.
You have to know your worth before you demand for others to see it. You have to find your own happiness instead of waiting for someone to give it to you. People wiser than us says that we cannot please everyone. They are right. You can’t change that. So don’t pretend to be something else. No matter what you do, people will either like you or hate you. Accept who you are, everything about you whether it be good or bad. Change the bad and keep the good. And don’t forget to be happy.
Life is special. Life is a gift. You are a gift. You are a unique individual capable of so many things. Find your happiness.